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Comey's Book Tour Spectacle

Comey's Book Tour Spectacle
Ousted FBI director James Comey smiles during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

By Monday, 16 April 2018 02:33 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Former FBI Director James Comey will be a household name in the coming week. He has a new book to sell and his publisher has in turn booked him onto every talk show possible.

For those just arriving from Mars, Comey is the FBI director fired early in Trump’s presidency which led directly to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. Now it is a year later and the cast of characters involved are beginning to write books and get rich.

Comey’s kiss-and-tell book got a big launch on the Sunday talk shows where he renewed his ongoing feud with President Trump. But in actuality, the book started getting media attention last week when gossipy snippets were teased on various TV outlets.

But the big opening for the book was awarded to former Clinton White House surrogate and current ABC host George Stephanopoulos. He is presumably the best person available to provide a straight-faced “journalistic” interview on his network’s “20/20” program with America’s latest flash-in-the-pan publishing wonder.

The “impartial” interview pairing a pro-Hillary talk show host with an anti-Trump activist made for prime time entertainment for the curious viewers. It should be noted that the deeply hurt Comey compares his former boss, President Trump, to a “mob boss.” The demographics are not in, but it will be interesting to note the number of people watching who used Kleenex brand tissues during his sad tale of abuse.

Comey’s book is entitled “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.” It is easily a better title for a book than “What Happened” by another bitter author, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Nevertheless, the vengeful former director is roaming the backwaters of America’s media.

If things get rough and the questions rise beyond softball level, Comey can always retreat to safe ground with Joy Behar at “The View” or Rachael Maddow at MSNBC.

The former FBI Director’s publicist has left no stone unturned for friendly interviews by pseudo-journalists. For those who like their bitter and angry interviews to look more dignified and reserved, the former FBI chief will appear at a town hall on CNN hosted by Anderson Cooper at Comey’s alma mater of William & Mary.

But Comey has a funny bone for the youngsters who cannot follow the angry adult shows. He will appear on such one-sided political comedy shows such as Stephen Colbert’s anti-Trump hour.

There is no word if Comey will extend his book tour to include pre-adolescent appearances on PBS morning shows or state fairs and circuses. The word is he is willing to keep talking as long as the money keeps flowing.

Suffice it to say, Jim Comey will be appearing before pre-screened favorable audiences live and in reruns across the media landscape. It could be described as the usual excuse and alibi carpet bombing. The national figure willing to say or do anything for a buck before his name is forgotten forever.

Not to be outdone, the Republican National Committee has launched their brand of revenge entitled LyinComey.com. Apparently the RNC is afraid enough of Comey to waste time responding to his bitter remarks.

Then there is always Donald Trump. Perhaps his best play would be to remain silent. Don’t count on that as long as Twitter exists. Unfortunately Trump is taking the bait, even calling Comey a “slime ball.”

It will be a week for parents to teach their children how not to act as an adult. What they should teach their children is the lesson that “He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.” Not unlike Hillary’s book, Comey pretty much blames everyone but himself and that will come back to haunt him.

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton blamed Comey for costing her the White House. Former DOJ head Loretta Lynch is stung by his words of incompetence.

Why, even the inspector general is looking at allegations that Comey committed misconduct in the investigation of Clinton.

Comey is not surprisingly number one on Amazon's best-seller list. He has already come under stern criticism from both parties. With all the VIP toes he stepped on in his book, the royalties should buy him a nice secluded cabin in the woods for his assured retirement from the world of Washington and beyond.

Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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